Choosing the Right Stream after 10th

After entering into class 10th, it becomes a challenge to study and to decide a right stream at the same time. Because choosing a right stream will lead a student to the right career path. Especially in India, the 10th standard is the most important point in every student’s life, at this point a student has to finalize his or her career. Almost every student gets confused about choosing the suitable stream for himself or herself. There are mainly three streams after class 10th and they are science, commerce and arts.

Now, you must be wondering why and how is it so important to decide a right stream after 10th. The reason is, the stream that has been selected by a student, to an extent, will affect the professional course that the student will pursue after completing standard 11th and standard 12th. In long run, the professional course will decide the career that he/she may build after graduation.

Here are some tips for choosing the right stream after 10th:

  1. Analyse the streams individually: Students should look carefully into the three main streams – science, arts, commerce and they should decide the right stream after completing class 10th according to their own interests.

Let’s do a quick analysis of the three major streams – 

Science: It is the most common stream chosen by most of the Indian students as it offers lucrative career options including engineering, medicine and it keeps options open. The main advantage is a science student can choose commerce or arts after pursuing science in 12th but a commerce and arts students cannot choose science after pursuing commerce or arts in 12th.

Important Subjects:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • English
  • Computer Science

Among the above-mentioned subjects, Chemistry, Physics, English and Biology/Mathematics are compulsory subjects. Other than these subjects students have to choose an optional subject. Usually, availability of such optional subjects may vary from one board to another and from one state board to another. Usually, the optional subjects are – regional languages, Sanskrit, computer science etc.

Arts: It offers several career opportunities and options to students. It is a very traditional stream. This is a suitable stream for the students interested in painting, drama, drawing, literature, philosophy and etc.

Important Subjects:

  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Literature subjects – Regional languages, Hindi, etc.
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Fine Art
  • Geography
  • English
  • History
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Science
  • Home science
  • Public Administration
  • Economics

Above mentioned subjects also fall under the optional subject category and students have to select optional courses and form a ‘course combination’ to pursue throughout 11th and 12th.

Commerce: This is the second most preferred stream in India as it leads towards some of the highest paying and respected jobs like chartered accountant, investment banking, accounts, financial advisor and company secretaries, etc.

Important Subjects:

  • English
  • Statistics
  • Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Information Practices
  • Mathematics

Economics, English and Business studies are the compulsory subjects and rest are the optional ones.

  1. Figure out your Goals: Decide which subject excites you more as compared to the other subjects. Are you a commerce devotee, an arts fanatic or a science freak? Only you can decide in which stream your chances of success as a professional are the highest. You may seek the advice of your peers or parents but ultimately you have to judge yourself.
  1. Talk to a career counsellor: If you are still confused then you should consult a career counsellor who can help you in choosing a perfect career option for you. Attending career guidance, seminars, educational fairs would also be a good idea to explore career choices and to help a student plan his/her next step.

Hence, without any doubt, one can say choosing a stream is the most important decision one has to make in one’s life. All the best for your career.

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